[R] Forall symbol with plotmath/grid

Paul Murrell paul at stat.auckland.ac.nz
Fri Aug 24 10:49:47 CEST 2007


Michael Hoffman wrote:
> I am trying to get the forall symbol (upside down "A") as part of the 
> label of a lattice plot. Is there an easy way to do this?

It is easy enough to produce a forall on its own ...

grid.text("\042", gp=gpar(fontfamily="symbol"))

... but combining that with other text is trickier.  One approach is to 
draw separate pieces of text next to each other ...

tg <- textGrob("whatever ", just=c("left", "bottom"))
grid.text("\042", x=unit(.5, "npc") + grobWidth(tg),
           just=c("left", "bottom"),

... but that can get tedious.

A better solution is to use plotmath, but the problem there is that you 
cannot access the forall symbol (even though it is in the symbol font). 
  I have added a feature to plotmath in the development version (to be R 
2.6.0) to make it easier to get at any symbol you want.  In the next 
version of R, you will be able to do something like this ...

grid.text(expression("whatever "*symbol("\042")))

Dr Paul Murrell
Department of Statistics
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
New Zealand
64 9 3737599 x85392
paul at stat.auckland.ac.nz

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